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Hungry Birds.


By louise1


The cold weather’s brought lots of birds to visit these gardens around my house, the Redwings and Fieldfares i’ve not seen in the 3 years i’ve been here but today there are loads of them, in groups of 4s and 5s.

Here are some of the visitors i’ve seen today, you’ll have to look very hard though because i don’t have a good zoom lens.

In the Rowan tree opposite my house, about 30’ away, i put feeders and for the last 2 days it’s been like McDonalds over there, all the tables are taken and they’re queuing up too !!!
The most common visitors are the Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Great and Coal Tits, Blackcaps, Blackbirds and Robin to the feeders and the ground underneath but in the tree sit the Redwings and Fieldfares, they seem to survey the whole area from there.
In my front garden the Dunnocks and Wrens scurry about at low-ish levels, the Blackcaps join them there too, especially when the Robin bullies them :-(

In the back gardens here are where the families of Redwinds and Fieldfares seem congregate more than anywhere else, on the bungalow rooves and shrubs and bushes.



Greenfinches, Great Tits and Blackbirds

Oh for a closer tree or a brilliant zoom lens !!!

I forgot to say ….. there’s been a fox running about today too, i’ve just heard it again (now 5.15pm), running around like a headless chicken …. i wonder if there’s something wrong ??

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I love to watch the birds as well Louise,While the weather has been so cold i've spent hours at the kitchen window. it's much better than doing house work.

8 Jan, 2010


Lovely picture of Redwing Louise, I also love watching the birds we have a pair of thrushes which are rear round here, every morning I have to go out and feed them also defrost there water, roll on spring. ;-0)))))))))))

8 Jan, 2010


Lovely photo`s Louise, I`ve put extra feeders out as well and some are too far away for my little Olympus, I really must try hubby`s camera, ....

8 Jan, 2010


lovely photos louise. we had two fieldfares today which is a first for our garden.......hubby tells me they have come from Scandinavia to overwinter

8 Jan, 2010


They'll wish they stayed there, Mageth, might be warmer ;-)

I've just looked out the back and they're ALL still out in the trees .... Redwings and Fieldfares. It's 4.55pm .... why are they still all buzzing about .... shouldn't they be tucked up for the night ???

8 Jan, 2010


What lovely photos. I too think the Redwing is beautiful, well they all are, but that and thrushes I love. We get a pair of dunnocks which are pretty well resident in our garden. They are such neat, jerky little things. Blackbirds seem to accept them quite readily whereas they will chase almost any other bird away.

8 Jan, 2010


Great blog Louise, especially liked the winter thrushes photos - great shots. I had a female Blackcap overwintering in my garden last winter, but no sign of her this time. :-))

8 Jan, 2010


I've noticed the Blackcaps, Chaffinches and Greenfinches are always with their mate.

8 Jan, 2010


Perhaps they can sense an early Spring ? - we live in hope eh? !!!

8 Jan, 2010


Lots of feeders there Louise, no wonder you have so many lovely visitors. Actually, I've just had a closer look at your nut feeders. I have a couple like that which were empty when I got back from holiday. However, the one which is supposed to be squirrel proof - much bigger than the others and with an outer mesh about an inch from the nut container - was still full. I don't think the birds can get into it.

8 Jan, 2010


Those mesh feeders don't get used as much as the others, which are seed feeders.
The seed feeders have sunflower hearts in and they're the ones i have to refill twice a day.
Those mesh/wire suet block holders are used a lot too.

8 Jan, 2010


I'm not a great fan of foxes but hope this one is ok. It's a hard time for all animals!

8 Jan, 2010


Louise~ Great pictures! If you feed your feathered friends that well, what kind of feast would you offer to your two legged friends? :) Just wondering, cause I'm hungry! lol

8 Jan, 2010


lovely pics louise and the first one is so sharpe, i havent had any of these in my garden, would love some, hope the fox is ok, seems stressed out about something, hope its not hurt

8 Jan, 2010


Oh Louise...brilliant photos...Hope all ok with the fox ? These are hard times for the wildlife............Keep up the good work !!! x

9 Jan, 2010


isn't it lovely to see them all in the garden :) I was sitting at mum's yesterday afternoon, and she's been inundated with redwings and fieldfares, I've never seen any before (must remember to take the camera today) I've had finches, blackbirds, thrush, sparrows, a couple of long tailed tits, to name a few, and I'm loving watching them.
They are great photos :)))))))))))))))))

9 Jan, 2010


Thanks Wagger, Lisa, San, Bb and Grindle :-)
Wagger, i'm not a fan of foxes either but this one seemed so frantic that i felt concern, it started up again at 4pm aswell :-/
Lisa, You're quite right .... i don't do things by halves ! You'd be very welcome to come for a feast .... as long as you don't mind it up in the tree ;-)
San, Bb and Grindle, i 'do' wish i had a wonderful zoom lens :-(
The Rowan's about 60' from where i stand at the office window with the camera, so i have to look the length of my front garden (30') and 'then' another 30ish feet to the tree !!!
Hey ho !

My binoculars are quite good, shame 'they' can't take a picture ;-)

9 Jan, 2010


Your birds are very well fed Louise. Everyone seems to have fieldfares at the moment.

9 Jan, 2010


Brill work you are doing and a brill blog and photos

9 Jan, 2010


wish i had some dawn, they only come into gardens when a shortage of food in open spaces like now with all the snow and frost, so just shows how this weather is affecting the wildlife not just us

9 Jan, 2010


Thank you Dawn and Clarice :-)
It gives me immense pleasure to watch them and it's nice to be able to do my own little bit for the local birdlife.

9 Jan, 2010


I agree Louise :-)

9 Jan, 2010


have you found out any more about the fox Louise?

10 Jan, 2010


Nothing at all Grindle :-/
I didn't see or hear it yesterday and haven't yet this morning either, it makes you wonder what had prompted that frantic behaviour, doesn't it ?

10 Jan, 2010


it does, hope it's ok

11 Jan, 2010


This morning, i just saw a Goldfinch :-))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
It's joined the Greenfinches on the sunflower seed feeders in the Rowan, i wonder if any more will follow it ??
I'm chuffed to bits because i've not seen one for over a year !

15 Jan, 2010


And .... it's back again today :-))))))
I put out a Niger seed feeder and today it's on there !

16 Jan, 2010


And this morning there are 3 there


Clearly birds communicate for this to have happened !

17 Jan, 2010

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